The World Cup is not for the timid. And generally not for the young and inexperienced. Can the U.S. buck that trend to advance from the group stage?
6 POSSIBLE OUTCOMES:
Qualify from Group B: -105
Group B Winner: +450
Reach the Quarterfinals: +400
Reach the Semifinals: +1400
Reach the Finals: +4000
Outright Winner: +15000
Loaded with young talent playing in some of the world’s top leagues, the Yanks have won an impressive 27 matches over the last three years. But they enter with a whimper, having delivered flat performances of late. And they are the second youngest team in the world (25.2 years on average) to Ghana. So realistically, they’ll have to wait four more years to shock the world.
PointsBet host Ian Joy: Quarterfinals (+400)
“It might be my pride speaking, but I see the USMNT having life and making as far a run as their roster allows them to.”
Betting analyst Jon Eimer: Group stage (-105)
“While the USMNT did a phenomenal job to qualify, their lack of experience could prove to be their downfall.”
⚽ [$40] Lautaro Martinez(+3300): Messi has scored .87 goals per game for his club team but only .55 for the national team and .31 in the World Cup. That’s a long way of saying we recommend his 25-year-old Argentinian teammate.
⚽ [$35] Kylian Mbappe (+800): The PSG star has scored more goals (41) this year than anyone in the world, and many consider the 23-year-old to be the game’s future GOAT. Plus he’s on the French team, the defending champions.
⚽ [$25] Harry Kane (+700): England is expected to go deep, and he is the country’s only reliable sharpshooter.
Which nations will survive from group to knockout stage? Here are our odds to win.
Group A: Netherlands (-225), Senegal (+450), Ecuador (+550), Qatar (+1400)
Prediction: Look for the Dutch and Senegal to advance, with Ecuador as a darkhorse.
Group B: England (-275), USA (+450), Wales (+650), Iran (+1800)
Prediction: The U.S. will squeak by because they have lots of young talent while Wales has Gareth Bale and his cute manbun. Iran is old and teammates are literally arguing with one another about national unrest on Twitter.
Group C: Argentina (-275), Poland (+500), Mexico (+500), Saudi Arabia (+3300)
Prediction: Mexico are expected to go through, but look for Poland’s Robert “Lewangoalski” to singlehandedly carry Poland past the Mexicans (aka “El Tri”).
Group D: France (-215), Denmark (+220), Tunisia (+2000), Australia (+2000)
Prediction: Denmark is known as the happiest nation in the world and advancing will make them even more so.
Group E: Spain (-110), Germany (+115), Japan (+1000), Costa Rica (+5000)
Prediction: Spain is a great soccer nation, while Costa Rica has nice wellness retreats and Japan top-shelf sushi.
Group F: Belgium (-145), Croatia (+210), Morocco (+800), Canada (+1200)
Prediction: Croatia should get through on talent alone, but it’s a joy to watch Canada’s Alphonso Davies, already one of the world’s best fullbacks at 22.
Group G: Brazil (-290), Switzerland (+550), Serbia (+550), Cameroon (+2000)
Prediction: Switzerland and Serbia will clash for the final spot, with Serbs making the Swiss miss.
Group H: Portugal (-140), Uruguay (+175), Ghana (+1200), South Korea (+1200)
Prediction: Uruguay, without a doubt. Ghana is the tourney’s youngest team, and this is not one of South Korea’s better squads.
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